Monday, July 30, 2012

60% of Louisana prison doctors have been disciplined


60 percent of prison doctors have been disciplined

SF Gate – Associated Press
Nearly two-thirds of the doctors working in Louisiana's prisons have been disciplined by the state medical board for issues ranging from pedophilia to substance abuse. The Times Picayune reports about 60 percent of the state's prison doctors have disciplinary records, compared with 2 percent of the state's 16,000 or so licensed medical doctors
Dr. Casey McVea, the medical director and sole full-time physician at Rayburn Correctional Center, pleaded guilty in 2004 to possessing 41 images of hardcore child pornography and a movie containing prepubescent child porn. He served four years in federal prison and is still on federal probation. The medical board has restricted him to adult patients.
Dr. Randy Lavespere, the assistant medical director at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, spent two years behind bars for purchasing $8,000 worth of crystal meth from an informant at a Home Depot parking lot. His medical license was reinstated in October 2009 on the condition that he practice in an "institutional, prison or other structured setting."